Following the abolition of the primary school leaving certificate examination (fifth), announced Thursday, November 18, 2021, by the Ministry of Education, the trade union organizations were quick to react. Between those who endorsed the decision and those who proposed other measures, opinions differ.
According to an article published this Saturday, November 20 by the newspaper Echorouk, all the unions in the education sector have called for the need to accompany this new decision with other additional measures. Among other things, it is a question of reconsidering the methods of “educational evaluation”.
Indeed, the trade unions recommend standardizing the quarterly examinations at the level of municipalities, with the aim of creating a climate of competition between them. In addition, they propose to take into consideration all the results of the three quarters in the mechanisms allowing the passage to the average cycle.
While satisfied with the new decision, the president of the National Union of Education and Training Staff (UNPEF), Sadek Dziri, believes that the ministry suddenly announced the news, which was claimed so much by the UNPEF in the era of former ministers Boubekeur Benbouzid and Nouria Benghabrit.
A decision with economic and educational advantages
According to the aforementioned media, Sadek Dziri believes that the new decision will have a positive impact on the education sector. On the one hand, the primary school leaving exam has never been a credible criterion from an educational point of view, because the success rate has always reached 90% or even 100%, whereas in reality the pupil is often not ready for middle school studies.
On the other hand, Sadek Dziri affirms that the suppression of this examination will make it possible to recover the sum of money, unnecessarily spent each year in the organization of the examination. In this regard, the unions hope that this money will be made available to schools, by providing equipment and improving working conditions.
The Cnapset offers additional measures
While supporting the decision, the national secretary in charge of information and communication of the CNAPESTE, Masoud Boudiba, called on the Ministry of Education to accompany this decision with additional measures. For the CNAPESTE, it will be useful to review the character of the examination. In other words, remove the official character and consider it as a simple educational test, while adopting the results of the three quarters as criteria for passing to the middle cycle.
The CNAPESTE spokesperson also called for the need to attach major importance to the different behaviors adopted with primary school students. The latter need, according to Masoud Boudiba, of a particular pedagogical treatment and an adequate accompaniment allowing them a school-college transition without great difficulty.